Specialized Care to Get You Well
Because the majority of our patients don’t need surgery to get pain relief, you’ll likely work with one of our specialists in sports medicine, physical or occupational therapy, or physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Before beginning treatment, diagnostic imaging such as x-ray, computed tomography (CT/CAT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound may be recommended to get a detailed look at your bones, muscles, or joints. Imaging can be done the same day, in the same facility, as your initial appointment, so you don’t have to worry about waiting longer to start receiving care.
What to Expect From Treatment
Treatment varies based on your injury or condition, and is customized to your specific care needs as determined by you and your doctor.
Whichever type of treatment you receive, it’s always our goal to not just help you "get by," but to get you better and back to your job or active lifestyle as quickly as possible.
Even if you’re receiving treatment from multiple providers, all of your doctors and therapists will work together and monitor your progress, so you’ll never be slowed down by any confusion or miscommunication. Learn more about the Orthopedics Plus model of care.
With the most fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians in northeastern Wisconsin, Orthopedics Plus has the expertise to treat a range of sports-related injuries, whether you’re a serious athlete or just enjoy an active lifestyle.
We treat conditions affecting the shoulder, upper arm, hip, knee, ankle, and back, including rotator cuff tears, tendonitis, tennis elbow, stress fractures, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) pain or tears, sprains, tendon ruptures, and back pain, among many others. Treatment typically involves exercise plans, physical therapy, and medications, along with rest and ice or heat therapy.
Physical or occupational therapy are typically recommended to treat an injury, or as continued care after surgery. These therapies are also commonly used during rehabilitation. Depending on your needs, your care team will consist of your doctor and a physical therapist, and may also include an occupational therapist and/or a licensed athletic trainer, to give you the most thorough assessment and treatment.
We can provide therapy for pain in your back, neck, arms, knees, and legs, and treat conditions such as arthritis, ligament or muscle strains, whiplash (a strain of the neck), herniated discs, sprains, and post-surgery pain and immobility in the shoulder, knees, and hips.
Treatment usually involves rest, stretching, strength-building exercises in our therapy gym, and learning adaptive techniques. It may also include anti-inflammatory medications. We’ll help you work toward pain relief and teach you how to prevent further injuries. We can also show you how to use braces or other physical aids to assist in your recovery.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
You’ll likely meet with a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician (also called a "physiatrist") if you’re recovering from a temporary physical impairment (resulting from an accident or surgery, for example) or have a more chronic physical condition, like fibromyalgia (widespread muscle pain) or myofascial pain (a condition that affects the connective tissue that covers the muscles).
Our physiatrists will help you regain strength, function, mobility, and independence through different therapies tailored to your needs and goals. Treatment may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and medications, such as anti-inflammatory medicines, injections, or muscle relaxers, when appropriate.
Rehabilitation typically takes place on an outpatient basis. However, if you have a more severe condition or impairment, inpatient treatment may be recommended. It really depends on what you and your doctor determine is best. Recovery can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
Our pain specialists, or pain management doctors, are experts at diagnosing the cause of pain and then treating it. We work closely with your primary care doctor to assess the cause of the pain and find appropriate treatment options. We try to get to the root of your pain by asking you to describe the pain you are feeling in detail, explaining where it hurts, how it feels, how long it has been hurting, and what worsens or alleviates the pain.
Management of chronic pain takes time so numerous appointments are needed to find the treatment that works best. Most kinds of pain have become treatable through methods including medications, nerve blocks, physical therapy, electrical stimulations, surgery, and psychological support.